The Blind Pilgrim Collection


FIVE Handmade Cigar Box Guitars Made of Wood From Blind Willie Johnson’s 1920’s Home



The boxes are beautifully handmade, fingerjointed and bookmatched Southern yellow pine accented by dark grain, nail marks, rust stains and other natural imperfections.

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The dilapidated Marlin, TX Hunter Street home of Blind Willie Johnson and Willie B. Harris. The Blind Pilgrim Collection was made from three boards rescued from this structure.

MARLIN, TX — Sadly, the remnants of the 1920’s/30’s Marlin, TX home Johnson made with his wife and singing partner Willie B. Harris were recently demolished.  It was here that blues researcher Dan Williams discovered and visited Harris in the 70’s and where journalist Michael Corcoran interviewed Johnson’s only known Daughter Sam Faye Kelly shortly before her death in 2005.  We were able to obtain three boards that had fallen free from the dilapidated structure and deliver the wood to the capable hands of George Brin at String Tinkers in Putnam, CT.  He carefully cleaned up this old Southern Yellow Pine and painstakingly hand made ten magnificent fingerjointed boxes bookmatched front and back to create these rare and highly collectible cigar box guitars now called “The Blind Pilgrim Collection.”  Only ten of these instruments were created.  Each unique 4-string or 6-string guitar is numbered with a brass plate on the back, comes with solid supporting documentation of the wood and home, instructional DVD “The Guitar of Blind Willie Johnson” by Tom Feldmann, Tom’s signature series slide, and a black padded nylon carry case.





Guitars by String Tinkers.
Performed by Tom Feldmann at Underwood Recording Studio.
Filmed by John Christenson.